Trowers advises Shawfair LLP on innovative low carbon district heating project 


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Trowers has advised Shawfair on the appointment of ESCO to design, build, operate and manage a new district heating network and supply low carbon heat to up to 2,800 new homes near Edinburgh.

ESCO is Midlothian Energy Limited (a joint venture between Midlothian Council and Vattenfall (Swedish state owned energy company)) and marks a major step towards securing low carbon energy in Scotland. 

The deal will provide decarbonised heat from the Council's nearby Energy from Waste facility via a district heating network that will be constructed to serve the site. The Trowers team negotiated a full suite of bespoke project documents to govern the design and construction of the heat network and long term heat supply arrangements, alongside Shawfair's commercial advisors Inventa Partners, and Scottish legal advisors.

The team was led by Chris Paul with Megan Coulton and Hannah Giebus with further support from specialist colleagues from across the firm including construction, corporate, environmental, planning and data protection. 

Partner Chris Paul commented:

"We are pleased to have helped Shawfair LLP to deliver this innovative project, which is set to be a flagship scheme for low carbon heat networks in the UK." 

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